Pressure Vessel Thickness Optimization

The Client:

A company involved into Designing and Manufacturing of Air Pressure Vessels


To decide optimum thickness for the pressure vessel shell and dish end.

Client Expectations:

Client expected us to conduct a full optimization study to decide the optimum thickness that can sustain the given internal pressure as a loading parameter. FEA Analysis methodology is to be used for this optimization. FEA Analysis performed was expected to in line with the requirements of ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Design guidelines.

FEA Analysis Project Challenges:

The FEA Analysis project required a parametric simulation for which we modeled the shell and dish end thickness as a Design parameter and optimized them.

FEA Analysis Project Deliverables:




FEA Analysis of Pressure Vessel thickness (Optimization using FEA Analysis)

FEA Analysis Project Benefits:

The project saved the client overall of 100000 USD which includes the manpower and Testing resources required.

FEA Analysis Project Hours:

  • FEA Analysis Model Preparation: 12 Hours
  • FEA Analysis Solving Time: 5 Hours
  • FEA Analysis Results Discussion: 3 Hours
  • FEA report preparation: 2 Hours

FEA Analysis Project Duration:

  • 2 days

FEA Analysis Project Team:

  • FEA Analyst
  • FEA Consultant
  • FEA Analysis Lead

Customer Delight Experience:

The client expected us to complete the FEA Analysis project within 7 working days which we delivered in 3 working days. Our FEA experts examined the project both from pressure vessel domain and FEA Analysis aspects. Our FEA analyst had referred a lot of literature related to ASME code for Design of Boiler and Pressure Vessels and incorporated the learning into the FEA Analysis report. Our FEA Consultant conducted the thickness optimization for the pressure vessels and included recommendations in the FEA Analysis report. The client was more than happy to receive such in depth FEA Analysis report with all relevant images and reference literature.

Market Insights for Pressure Vessels:

The pressure vessel industry is having a steady growth and is yet expected to grow at a steady rate with challenging designs which is evident from the graph below. However, innovation driven product development will challenge the conservative design used by majority of the manufacturers. Today, ASME standards are referred to design pressure vessels for various applications. New challenges and concept drives towards using FEA Analysis services to design pressure vessels. The current project itself is one of its kind towards “non conservative” way of designing the pressure vessels and hence FEA Analysis methodology used to optimize the thickness for pressure vessel is appropriate.

Pressure Vessels Market Insights


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